MADILL, Okla. (KXII) -- A man's eighth anniversary working at Walmart was the day he was terminated from the company.
“When I clocked in that morning, it wished me a happy anniversary... it was my eighth anniversary with the company, and she said, you're terminated."
Tommy Hornsby had worked as a customer service manager at the Madill Walmart -- a job he took pride in. He worked the night shift.
“I worked the overnight shift of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. That allowed me to have Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off to care for my mother. She's going to be 91 in October.”
But the night of July 23 changed all of that.
“I hate a thief. I'm sure most people feel that same way. I've worked hard for everything I have," Hornsby said.
Hornsby saw a man walking out of his store with a stolen TV and computer -- and said he couldn’t handle letting him get away with it.
He told the man to stop, took the license plate down, and police found the matching vehicle shortly after, arresting two men.
The next week, Hornsby was fired.
“This wasn’t just a job for me. This is what I wanted to do until I can't work, because it works with my mother and all this."
Half-sister Beverly Norton worked in HR until she recently retired, and says she was shocked by Walmart’s decision.
"I am a big sister, and you never want to see your little brother in agony," she said. "He doesn’t know what he's gonna do and at his age it’s rather terrifying.”
Hornsby asked his boss if he could have a second chance—and was informed he could reapply in 60 days for an entry-level position.
“I just want a second chance without losing eight years of seniority, my pay scale.”
The two are just happy the thieves were caught -- and Hornsby said he knows everything is happening for a reason.
"I'm 53 years old, I’d hate to think I've got to start all over again,” he said.
Walmart sent us this statement about their termination policy:
“We have policies and procedures in place to help us ensure that our customers and associates are safe. While we will not discuss HR matters, we do review shoplifting incidents on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action when necessary.”
Hornsby is actively looking for work.